SP All-Stars

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 21, 2011

Gross chosen for All-American game

By Angie Ledbetter

South Panola senior defensive lineman Issac Gross has been selected to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-American High School Football Game.

On Wednesday the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour game visited the South Panola media center presenting Gross with his honorary game jersey commemorating his selection.  

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The fifth annual game will be played on January 5, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. and will be televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. central time.

An expansion to the 2012 event is a nationwide selection tour to recognize the student athletes, as well as the coaches, families and communities who have helped make these players’ dreams a reality.

Gross has recorded 43 total tackles that include 38 solo and six assists averaging 6.1 per game. He’s racked up six sacks, four fumble recoveries, one interception, and one pass deflection and scored one touchdown.

Gross said, “This means a lot to me. It’s a great opportunity to go down there and show myself off and let other colleges see me. I want to play hard letting them know how football is in Mississippi.

“It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point,” Gross continued. “Ever since I got moved up in eighth grade it’s been a lot of work. It took every summer coming in and working day in and day out. I stayed positive also.”

Gross was the first ever chosen from South Panola to play in this game.
“I’m proud to represent South Panola. I love my school and I know a lot of guys here will be pulling for me.”

Alabama/Miss. and Bernard Blackwell All-Stars selected

Kendall Carr, Issac Gross and Temario Strong from South Panola were chosen to play in the 25th Annual Alabama-Mississippi All Star Football Classic game that will be played on December 10in Montgomery at the renovated Cramton Bowl. Larry Weems of Meridian is the head coach while Tiger Coach Lance Pogue will be an assistant.

South Panola Nick Johnson and Sean Rogers were chosen to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football game to be played at Biloxi High School football field on December 19 at noon. Tickets are $10.